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Sep 10, 2015 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Mark 9:30-37.  What does it mean to be first when it comes to Christ's kingdom? Be first A. By pursuing excellence in your Christian life. B. By serving others in Jesus’ name.  Preached on September 6, 2015, for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Written copy available at: Be First -- Mark 9:30-37
Topics: excellence, first, children, serving, in Jesus' name, motivation, good works, religion, Christian,...
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Sep 3, 2015 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Mark 8:27-35.  Who is Jesus Christ? Parts: A. He is the Cross-bearer. B. He is the Cross-sender.  Preached on August 30, 2015, for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Written copy available at: Who Is Jesus Christ? -- Mark 8:27-35
Topics: cross, crosses, suffering, glory, theology of the cross, religion, Christian, Lutheran, WELS, sermon
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Jun 11, 2015 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Deuteronomy 5:12 and Mark 2:28.  What kind of rest does Jesus bring and why do we need it? Parts: A. Rest in Christ’s wounds. B. Rest in Christ’s works. C. Rest in Christ's word.  Preached on June 7, 2015, for the Second Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Written copy available at: Rest in Christ -- Deuteronomy 5:12 and Mark 2:28
Topics: Sabbath, rest, shadow, Christ, rest for soul, guilt, motivation, God's Word, Christian Church,...
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Jun 3, 2015 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Isaiah 6:1-8.  How far beyond us the holy God is! How could we ever enter his presence? Only the Triune God can bring us to himself. We tremble at his holiness. Preached on May 31, 2015, for the Festival of the Holy Trinity, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Written copy available at: Tremble at God’s Holiness -- Isaiah 6:1-8
Topics: God's holiness, transcendence, seraphim, holy, unclean lips, terror, tremble with joy, cleanse,...
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Jun 3, 2015 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Ezekiel 37:1-14. What a miracle the Holy Spirit has worked in the lives of God's people!  He has brought life to our dry bones through the word of the Lord. Parts: A. His word brings the life-giving Spirit. B. His Word raises a vast army.  Preached on May 24, 2015, for Pentecost: The Coming of the Holy Spirit, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy available at: The LORD’s Word Raises Dry Bones -- Ezekiel 37:1-14
Topics: life, breath, spirit, Holy Spirit, miracle, God's word, prophecy, army, Christian Church, religion,...
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May 19, 2015 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Does the decline of Christianity trouble you? Is our ascended Lord still blessing his Church? How does our Head build up his body? Parts: A. By giving us those who speak his word. B. By anchoring us in his truth.  Preached on May 17, 2015, for the Ascension of our Lord, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Written copy available at: Christ Builds Up His Body -- Ephesians 4:7-16
Topics: church growth, statistics, polls, decline of Christianity, Lord of the Church, ascension, ministry,...
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May 12, 2015 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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1 John 4:13-21.  How amazing God's love is!  It even drives out our fear. Parts: A. So that we have courage to anticipate Judgment Day. B. So that we have courage to love our brothers and sisters.  Preached on May 10, 2015, for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Written copy available at: God’s Love Drives Out Fear -- 1 John 4:13-21
Topics: fear, love, sacrifice, Judgment Day, God's love, love others, religion, Christian, Lutheran, WELS,...
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May 7, 2015 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Proverbs 3:5, 6.  What does it mean to lean on the LORD? Parts: A. Let go of your own understanding. B. Know him as your Shepherd.  Preached on May 3, 2015, for the Fifth Sunday of Easter: Confirmation, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Written copy available at: “Lean on Me” – the LORD -- Proverbs 3:5, 6
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May 7, 2015 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Acts 20:28-32.  What give us true worth and value? Why does God count each of the sheep in his flock as precious? Parts: A. Purchased by his blood. B. Protected by his word.  Preached on April 26, 2015, for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Written copy available at: How Precious Is God’s Flock! -- Acts 20:28-32
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Apr 20, 2015 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Luke 24:36-45.  People have so much confidence in things that are uncertain and so little confidence in the One who never fails.  How does Jesus cure our doubts?  Preached on April 19, 2015, for the Third Sunday of Easter, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Written copy available at: Jesus Cures Our Doubts -- Luke 24:36-45
Topics: confidence, doubt, peace, assurance, Jesus' resurrection, worries, fears, religion, Christian,...
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Apr 17, 2015 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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How we like to ease our guilt by pretending it's not so bad! But our sin makes us guilty of the worst crime. Only Easter can erase your guilt. Parts: A. Confess the enormity of your sin. B. Believe the astounding plan of God’s grace.  Preached on April 12, 2015, for the Second Sunday of Easter, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy available at: Easter Erases Your Sins -- Acts 3:14, 15, 18, 19
Topics: guilt, downplaying guilt, Pharisee, forgiveness, Easter verdict, repentance, religion, Christian,...
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Apr 9, 2015 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Isaiah 25:7-9.  Many talk about a better place after death, but for most that's a deadly lie. Only Jesus has conquered death. He alone is the Way to a better place. Apart from him there's only hell. But through him we have everlasting victory. For Jesus alone has swallowed up death.  Preached on April 5, 2015, for Easter: The Resurrection of our Lord, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Written copy available at: Jesus Has Swallowed Up Death -- Isaiah 25:7-9
Topics: death, hell, Easter, resurrection, victory, Way, better place, heaven, religion, Christian,...
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Apr 8, 2015 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Luke 23:32, 33.  Two criminals saw Jesus, but only one saw him as his own dear Savior from sin.  Only one entered paradise.  How do you see Jesus? Preached on April 3, 2015, for Good Friday, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Written copy available at: Two Criminals Saw Jesus -- Luke 23:32, 33
Topics: crucifixion, Savior, Jesus, faith, paradise, religion, Christian, Lutheran, WELS, sermon
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Apr 8, 2015 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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1 Corinthians 11:23-26.  Why does Jesus want us to come to the Lord's Supper often? Preached on April 2, 2015, for Maundy Thursday, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Written copy available at: Come Often -- 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
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Apr 1, 2015 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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How blessed did Jesus actually look as he came into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday?  Would we have shouted out: 'Blessed is he!' Why do we shout that out today? Parts: A. Because he came to Jerusalem to become completely cursed for you. B. Because he comes to your heart to bring every spiritual blessing.  Preached on March 29, 2015, for the Sixth Sunday in Lent: Palm Sunday, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Written copy available at: Shout Out: “Blessed Is He!” -- Mark...
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Mar 25, 2015 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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What did Jesus go through for us? How hard was it for him? We catch a glimpse of his suffering as we listen to him pray in Gethsemane. Then as he calls out from the cross: 'It is finsihed,' we know that he is our perfect Savior. Preached on March 22, 2015, for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Written copy available at: Here’s the Perfect Savior for You -- Hebrews 5:7-9
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Mar 17, 2015 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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We hear about 'grace' a lot.  But do we know grace, truly know it? Do our hearts continuously exclaim: How great God's grace! Parts: A. His grace loves us despite what we were. B. His grace gives us life with Christ. C. His grace provides us with purpose.  Preached on March 15, 2015, for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Written copy available at: How Great God’s Grace! -- Ephesians 2:4-10
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Mar 10, 2015 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Are the Ten Commandments a burden or a delight? When we rightly understand how much the commandments require, can we rejoice in them?  Parts: A. A slave no more! B. A joy to serve!  Preached on March 8, 2015, for the Third Sunday in Lent, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Written copy available at: Rejoice in God’s Commandments -- Exodus 20:1-3
Topics: Commandments, Law, Ten Commandments, slave, slave to sin, freedom, burden, delight, joy, old self,...
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Mar 9, 2015 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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What are you holding on to?  God trained Jacob to hold on to his promises.  He does the same for you and me, as he trains us for our heavenly home. Parts: A. He brings home to us our helplessness. B. He brings home to us his promises.  Preached on March 1, 2015, for the Second Sunday in Lent, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.   Written copy available at: The Lord Trains Us for Our Heavenly Home -- Genesis 28:10-17
Topics: suffering, helplessness, training, trials, promises, Bible, heaven, home, religion, Christian,...
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Feb 23, 2015 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Satan's accusations want to separate us from God. But Christ's love hugs us close. The troubles of life want to tear us away from him. But Christ's love hugs us close. Parts: A. Believe it despite the condemning accusations. B. Believe it despite overwhelming burdens.  Preached on February 22, 2015, for the First Sunday in Lent, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Written copy available at: Christ’s Love Hugs Us Close -- Romans 8:31-39
Topics: love, separation, accusation, doubt, justice, courtroom, troubles, strength, power, weakness,...
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Feb 16, 2015 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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What does it mean to praise the LORD and shout 'Hallelujah'? The reasons behind this praise tell us both why we praise the Lord (our motivation) and what we praise him for (the content). Praise the Lord! Hallelujah! Parts: A. Who has created us. B. Who has raised up our Horn.  Preached on February 15, 2015, for the Transfiguration of our Lord: The Last Sunday after Epiphany, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Written copy available at: Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! --...
Topics: praise, Hallelujah, LORD, creation, evolution, horn, Israel, religion, Christian, Lutheran, WELS,...
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Feb 9, 2015 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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God works all things for good. So often when we need that promise the most, those words sound empty. How can we live confident of this truth? God weaves together all things for good. Parts: A. For those who love him. B. To bring his people into glory.  Preached on February 8, 2015, for the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Written copy available at: God Weaves Together All Things for Good -- Romans 8:28-30
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Feb 3, 2015 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Knowledge of God's truth is good, important, and vital. But trying to use that knowledge without love is deadly. Love builds up. Parts: A. Love knows the true God. B. Love places others before our own rights. C. Love sees others as Christ sees them.  Preached on February 1, 2015, for the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Written copy available at: Love Builds Up -- 1 Corinthians 8:1-13
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Jan 29, 2015 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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What kind of fishing does Jesus call us to do? Not with bait and hook, but with a net, the gospel net. This good news of the kingdom draws people to Jesus. Parts: A. Believe the Good News with a repentant heart. B. Share the Good News to bring others near to Jesus.  Preached on January 25, 2015, for the Third Sunday after Epiphany (WELS), at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Hancock, MN.  Written copy available at: The Good News of the Kingdom Draws People to Jesus --  Mark 1:14-20
Topics: fishing, gospel, net, good news, repentant, faith, evangelism, pastor, religion, Christian,...
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Jan 20, 2015 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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What joy we see in Philip and Nathanael when they first meet Jesus!  How can we recapture genuine joy in Jesus? Parts: A. Separation? B. Contemplation.  Preached on January 18, 2015, for the Second Sunday after Epiphany, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Written copy available at: Recapture Genuine Joy in Jesus -- John 1:43-51
Topics: joy, following Jesus, time off, separation, contemplation, religion, Christian, Lutheran, WELS,...
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Jan 13, 2015 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Jesus substituted himself for us.  Do we value just how much those words say?  Let's revisit Jesus' baptism to see what it means that he is our Substitute and also to see the power our own baptism brings us as we face temptations. Parts: A. He came in for all sinners, even the worst. B. He makes us winners against the Adversary.  Preached on January 11, 2015, for the First Sunday after Epiphany: The Baptism of our Lord, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Written copy...
Topics: substitute, baptism, forgiveness, temptation, adversary, winner, religion, Christian, Lutheran,...
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Jan 7, 2015 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Even the most familiar events from the Bible have much to teach us, if we take them to heart and practice them in our lives.  What about the Magi?  What wisdom can we learn from those wise men? Parts: A. Wisdom that confronts us. B. Wisdom that comforts us. C. Wisdom that compels us.  Preached on January 4, 2015, for the Epiphany of our Lord, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Written copy available at: Learn Wisdom from the Wise Men -- Matthew 2:1-12
Topics: magi, wise men, King, wisdom, spiritual laziness, earthly pursuits, religion, Christian, Lutheran,...
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Jan 4, 2015 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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What's on your new year's list?  One word can summarize our goal and purpose in the year ahead as well as our greatest accomplishment of the past. That word directs us to praise the works of the Lord. Parts: A. By remembering what he's done. B. By following his precepts.  Preached on December 28, 2014, for the First Sunday after Christmas, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Written copy available at: Praise the Works of the Lord -- Psalm 111:1-10
Topics: new year, resolution, Hallelujah, forgiveness, righteousness, precepts, fear, wisdom, religion,...
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Dec 29, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Genesis 3:17-20.  Christmas takes us back to the beginning.  For Christ came to undo the curse of sin that entered the world through Adam and Eve. Preached on December 25, 2014, for Christmas Day: Nine Lessons and Carols, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Written copy available at: The Curse Is Undone! -- Genesis 3:17-20
Topics: Joy to the World, curse, Garden of Eden, fall into sin, life, religion, Christian, Lutheran, WELS,...
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Dec 29, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Does Xmas ex Christ out of Christmas? Or is there more too it?  Preached on December 24, 2014, for Christmas Eve, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Written copy available at: Xmas -- Luke 2:11
Topics: Christmas, xmas, Christ, Savior, Chi, cross, religion, Christian, Lutheran, WELS, sermon
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Dec 22, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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So many things can keep us busy.  Busyness can be good.  Yet busyness can distract us from what God has done for us.  Christmas is not about our doing, but about what God's love has done for us.  Because of his love, our King stooped to our lowliness to build us into his temple.  Marvel at the wonders of your King's love. Preached on December 21, 2014, for the Fourth Sunday in Advent, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Written copy available at: Marvel at the Wonders of...
Topics: incarnation, virgin birth, lowliness, manger, busyness, David's throne, kingdom, king, God's...
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What would be on God's Christmas list?  He wants us to have joy, the joy that is found only in Christ Jesus. God's Christmas List: He Want You to Have Joy in Christ Jesus. Parts: A. As you pray continually. B. As you give thanks in all circumstances.  Preached on December 14, 2014, for the Third Sunday in Advent, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy available at:  God's Christmas List: He Wants You to Have Joy in Christ Jesus -- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Topics: joy, prayer, thanks, Christmas list, God's will, religion, Christian, Lutheran, WELS, sermon
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Dec 16, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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The word of our God brings comfort to our hearts so that we can speak these words of comfort to others. Parts: A. The Hero has come to end our hard service. B. He has paid for our sins. C. He shepherds us into doubly rich pastures.  Preached on December 7, 2014, for the Second Sunday in Advent, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy available at: Speak Comfort -- Isaiah 40:1-11 32
Topics: comfort, God's Word, deliverance, repentance, preparation, withers, shepherds, double, religion,...
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Dec 13, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Why doesn't God just end it all?  That cry of despair becomes very different as we keep our focus on Jesus and pray: Rend the heavens, O Lord! Parts: A. For you are our Redeemer. B. For you are our Hope.  Preached on November 30, 2014, for the First Sunday in Advent, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy available at:  Rend the Heavens, O Lord -- Isaiah 63:16b, 17; 64:1-8
Topics: prayer, redeemer, hope, despair, religion, Christian, Lutheran, WELS, sermon
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Dec 8, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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What a marvel  that Jesus teaches us to address the almighty, holy God as Father! How this moves our hearts to pray! Parts: A. Because of his compassionate love. B. Because of his heavenly power.  Preached on November 26, 2014, for Thanksgiving Eve, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy at Thankful Hearts Pray to Our Father -- Matthew 6:9
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Nov 27, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Jesus, our divine King, shepherds us. Parts: A. With his searching love. B. With his lavish love.  Preached on November 23, 2014, for the Last Sunday of End Times: Christ the King, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Written copy available at: Jesus, Our Divine King, Shepherds Us -- Ezekiel 34:11-16, 23, 24
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Nov 19, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Christians do grieve. But there's something different about the grief and mourning that happens at the death of a faithful Christian. Why? Parts: A.  Christ Jesus our Lord has died and risen. B. Christ Jesus our Lord will come again.  Preached on November 16, 2014, for the Third Sunday of End Times: Saints Triumphant, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Written copy available at: Why Is Christian Mourning Different? -- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Topics: hope, death, mourning, sleep, grief, asleep in Jesus, last day, religion, Christian, Lutheran,...
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Nov 14, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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What did God do to bring us out of the darkness, so that in Christ we are now children of light?  How does that change our view of Judgment Day and affect the way we live until then? Parts: A. In Christ, stand ready for Judgment Day. B. In Christ, stand alert every day armored with faith, love, and hope.  Preached on November 9, 2014, for the Second Sunday of End Times: Last Judgment, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Written copy available at: Dear Christian, You Are...
Topics: light, darkness, Judgment Day, armor, faith, love, hope, child of God, religion, Christian,...
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Nov 4, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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We face the temptation to hide our faith so that we avoid the world's ridicule, but Jesus' words embolden us to be his witnesses. Parts: A.  He takes the responsibility. B.  He sends us the Spirit of our Father. C.  He saves all who stand firm.  Preached on November 2, 2014, for First Sunday of End Times: Reformation, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Written copy available at: Jesus’ Words Embolden Us To Be His Witnesses -- Matthew 10:16-23
Topics: reformation, persecution, ridicule, Luther, martyr, Esch, Voes, witness, testimony, Holy Spirit,...
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Nov 1, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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God is love. God will judge. How can those two fit together? Jesus' parable of the vineyard brings them both into full view, showing that the Lord's love endures even in judgment. Parts: A. How extraordinary his love is! B. How worthy of our fruit his love is!  Preached on October 26, 2014, for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Written copy available at: The Lord’s Love Endures Even in Judgment -- Matthew 21:33-43
Topics: love, judgment, fairness, justice, fruit, religion, Christian, Lutheran, WELS, sermon
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Oct 27, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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When Christ lives in our hearts, we live differently. Test yourself and see Christ in you. Parts: A. As you do what is good. B. As you work for the truth. C. As you build each other up.  Preached on October 19, 2014, for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Written copy available at: Test Yourself and See Christ in You -- 2 Corinthians 13:5-10
Topics: Corinth, apostleship, sanctification, authenticity, religion, Christian, Lutheran, WELS, sermon
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Oct 21, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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The book of Jonah lets us see the Lord training Jonah to love the lost by seeing them through the Lord's eyes. Two other short devotions bassed on Matthew 9:35-38 and Romans 1:16.  Preached on October 12, 2014, for mission Festival, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Written copy available at: See the Lost through the Lord’s Eyes -- Jonah; Matthew 9:35-38; Romans 1:16
Topics: Jonah, missions, love, lost, vine, love for the lost, mission festival, religion, Christian,...
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Oct 16, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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How greatly the Lord desires to bring his good news of forgiveness deep into our soul! Let his message of forgiveness soak in as it changes you from the inside out. Parts: A. How great our need to ponder his forgiveness! B. How wonderful his pictures are! C. Our praise overflows as his forgiveness soaks in.  Preached on October 5, 2014, for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Written copy available at: Praise the Lord As His Pictures...
Topics: forgiveness, east-west cross, healer, redeemer, crowner, praise, despair, doubt, indifference,...
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Sep 14, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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The Lord's faithfulness lifts us up out of despair and gives us the courage to serve. For he is the LORD, the faithful God who keeps his promises. Parts: A. His faithfulness brings hope. B. His faithfulness brings courage.  Preached on September 14, 2014, for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Written copy available at: The LORD: Our Faithful God Who Keeps His Promises -- Exodus 6:2-8
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Sep 12, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Do you feel like an outsider or an insider?  The actions of others can leave us feeling excluded. But to the crushed heart comes the good news: The Lord gathers outsiders. Parts: A. How welcomed he wants us to feel! B. How his acceptance changes us!  Preached on September 7, 2014, for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Written copy available at: The Lord Gathers Outsiders -- Isaiah 56:1, 6-8
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Sep 12, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Has God's help left us? How devastating that thought is! But no matter what trouble is bearing down on you, turn to the Lord. For the Lord's mercy delivers his people. Parts: A. Fear him as his dear child. B. Trust him, for he is your heavenly Father.  Preached on August 31, 2014, for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Written copy available at: The Lord’s Mighty Mercy Delivers His People -- Exodus 14:10-31
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Sep 12, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Jesus trains us to trust in him even when we don't think we have the resources. He trains us to trust him even when we don't see the outcome. He trains our trust. Parts: A. To rely on him instead of our own abilities. B. To follow him even when we don’t understand the way.  Preached on August 24, 2014, for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Written copy available at: Jesus Trains Our Trust -- Matthew 14:13-21
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Sep 11, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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So much of what this world offers glitters like great treasure, but only one treasure brings true happiness. God's kingdom is the only treasure worth having. Parts: A. It’s hidden and unique. B. It’s vital and inexhaustible.  Preached on August 17, 2014, for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.   Written copy available at: God’s Kingdom: The Only Treasure Worth Having -- Matthew 13:44-52
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Sep 11, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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How long, God? The evils in the world around us move us to ask that question. How long? But the Lord knows what he is doing. So wait for the harvest. Parts: A. God knows how to take care of his field. B. The weeds will burn. C. The wheat will shine.  Preached on August 10, 2014, for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Written copy available at: Wait for the Harvest -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
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God's word works. Yet that seed produces different results. Examine your own heart so that you welcome his word with understanding and it produces a harvest. Preached on August 3, 2014, for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Written copy available at: God’s Word Produces a Harvest. So Welcome It with Understanding -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
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Aug 13, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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The sinful nature within us corrupts all that we do.  What a struggle!  We want to do good but we see our sinful nature corrupting even the best we do.  That's the struggle the Christian fights throughout this earthly life.  Only Jesus rescues us day after day.  Parts: A. We fail to do the good we want. B. Who will rescue us?  Preached on July 27, 2014, for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Written copy available at: How the...
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Aug 12, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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How should we prayer? The Scriptures give us many examples of prayer from the heart of believers. Today we turn to David’s prayer recorded in 1 Chronicles 17. His prayer marvels at the Lord's promise. Parts: A. “Who am I to receive such a promise?” B. “How wonderfully you have redeemed your people!” C. “Do as you promised, O Lord, so that you are glorified.” D. “Your promise has given me the courage to pray.”  Preached on July 20, 2014, for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost,...
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Aug 11, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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How great our sin and wretchedness! But how much greater God's grace in Christ is! Oh, how grace overflows! Parts: A. This grace overflowed to all over whom death reigned. B. This grace overflowed only from the one man, Jesus Christ.  Preached on July 13, 2014, for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Available in print at: Oh, How Grace Overflows! -- Romans 5:12-15
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Aug 7, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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God's love brings us real hope, for God's love assures us of salvation. Parts: A. Look at when Christ died for us. B. How could we doubt what his love will do for us.  Preached on July 6, 2014, for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecsot (Independence Day), at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Available in print at God’s Love Assures Us of Salvation -- Romans 5:6-11
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Jun 23, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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How can we know what the truth is? Only God's Word stands firm. Parts: A. Undaunted by lies. B. Undiminished in truth.  Preached on June 22, 2014, for the Second Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Hancock, MN. Available in print at God’s Word Stands Firm -- 1 Kings 22:10-14
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Jun 23, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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The Triune God created mankind to have a relationship with him, but our sin destroyed it. Only Jesus could restore it. That's how much God desires fellowship with you. Preached on June 15, 2014, for The Fist Sunday after Pentecost: Holy Trinity, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Available in print at Created for Fellowship with God -- Genesis 1:1, 2, 26-28
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Jun 16, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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On that day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit began the harvest that goes out into all the world. No longer was the focus only on Israel, but now Jesus pours out his Spirit on all people. Parts: A. All the world is his field. B. The word is his seed. C. He makes it grow.  Preached on June 8, 2014, for Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Available in print at: The Holy Spirit Begins the Harvest -- Acts 2:1-21
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Jun 4, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Do the hardships of life stoop you over? Do the devil's growls disturb you? Watch Jesus ascend and believe that your mighty King strengthens you. Parts: A. To cast all your cares on him. B. To resist the lion. C. To anticipate the glory.  Preached on June 1, 2014, for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Available in print at Your Mighty King Strengthens You -- 1 Peter 5:6-11
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May 27, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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The listeners in Athens had no Bible background. But Paul starts where they're at to bring them to where God wants them to be. For God wants all to know him. A. As the Lord of Creation. B. As the Giver of all that’s good. C. As the Savior-judge.  Preached on May 25, 2014, for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Available in print at: God Wants All to Know Him -- Acts 17:22-31
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May 21, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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How fearful to be lost! But look at who not only found you but also will come to take you home to the Father. Parts: A. For Jesus will return, just as he promised. B. Jesus alone is the true way to life with the Father.  Preached on May 18, 2014, for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Available in print at: “I Will Bring You Home” -- John 14:1-6
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May 17, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Follow only those who come through the Gate speaking with Jesus' voice. For sheep know the Shepherd's voice. Preached on May 11, 2014, for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Available in print at Sheep Know the Shepherd’s Voice -- John 10:1-10
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May 12, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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What a change a caterpillar undergoes as it becomes a butterfly! The Easter message works an even greater change  in our hearts and in our lives. Preached on May 4, 2014, for the Third Sunday of Easter, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Available in print at What a Metamorphosis the Easter Message Works! -- Acts 2:36-47
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May 7, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Looking up into the night sky, our eyes can only see so much. Christ's resurrection opens our spiritual eyes to see that our life is hidden with him. How that changes the way we think and live right now! Parts: A. His resurrection raises your mind to things above. B. His resurrection will raise you in glory at his return.  Preached on April 20, 2014, for Easter: The Resurrection of Our Lord, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Available in print at: Your Life Is Hidden with...
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May 5, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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How wonderous our Savior's love is as he serves as our Bridegroom! He loves us to the very end. Preached on April 17, 2014, for Maundy Thursday, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Available in print at Marvel at the Bridegroom’s Love -- Matthew 9:15
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Apr 15, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Nothing deterred Jesus from the work he came to do. Your Savior pressed on. Parts: A. Resolute in his mission. B. Resolute in his suffering. C. Resolute in his glory.  Preached on April 13, 2014, for the Sixth Sunday in Lent: Palm Sunday, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Available in print at: Your Savior Pressed On -- Psalm 110:7
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Apr 8, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Many commencement addresses urge graduates to be strong and courageous. But how different the Lord's words to Joshua are! Remembering that we're Christ's sheep helps us live out that difference. For then, we find courage in Jesus. Parts: A. Standing with him. B. Serving for him. Preached on April 6, 2014, for Confirmation, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Available in print at: Find Your Courage in Jesus -- Joshua 1:9
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Apr 1, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Power corrupts. How can we remain safe in a world growing ever more evil? Take heart, dear Christian. For although the mighty of this world may flaunt their power now, the Lord will crush the mighty. Parts: A. Patiently endure, for that day is coming. B. Rest securely, for his judgment will be complete.  Preached on March 30, 2014, for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Available in print at: The Lord Will Crush the Mighty -- Psalm 110:5, 6
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Mar 25, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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So much doubt in the world! But the Lord God wants you to be sure of what's most important. He wants you to believe with all certainty that your High Priest, Jesus Christ, excels forever. Parts: A. A priest like Melchizedek. B. A sacrifice unlike any other.  Preached on March 23, 2014, for the Third Sunday in Lent, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Available in print at: Your High Priest Excels Forever. Believe it! -- Psalm 110:4
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Mar 19, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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The cross on which Jesus hung did not look a bit like a royal scepter. But the cross is his power to save, bringing us into the new day. The scepter of the cross rises like the dawn. Parts: A. Spreading around the world. B. Enlightening dark hearts.  Preached on March 16, 2014, for the Second Sunday in Lent, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Available in print at: The Scepter of the Cross Rises like the Dawn -- Psalm 110:2, 3
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Mar 11, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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A baby needs his mother, and we need our Lord. He defeated Satan to make us his own. He's certainly taking care of us according to his good purpose whether we see his power at work or not. What joy for us to exclaim: My Lord reigns over the enemies! Parts: A. His power is hidden. B. His purpose is certain.  Preached on March 9, 2014, for the First Sunday in Lent, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Available in print at: My Lord Reigns over the Enemies -- Psalm 110:1
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Mar 3, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Reality and reason shout out that Jesus is not in full control. How easily doubts infiltrate our hearts! Drive out doubt by marvelling at our Lord's double glory revealed in the Scriptures. Parts: A. His glory as our conquering King. B. His glory as our everlasting Priest.  Preached on March 2, 2014, for The Last Sunday after Epiphany: The Transfiguration of our Lord, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Available in print at at Marvel at our Lord’s Double Glory -- Psalm...
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Feb 24, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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King Saul had it coming, but David did not take revenge. What does David's example teach us about loving our enemy? Parts: A. Revenge usurps God’s place. B. Love trusts the Lord.  Preached on February 23, 2014, for the Seventh Sunday after Epiphany, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Available in print at: Love Your Enemy -- 1 Samuel 26:7-25
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Feb 19, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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What is God's plan for me? How easily that question can lead us down wrong paths! Human thought dismisses God's saving plan and imagines we need to know other things about him. But through his Word the Holy Spirit draws us to love God and trust his plan. For God's wisdom has planned glory for you who love him. Parts: A. Human thought cannot begin to understand. B. Only the Spirit’s words reveal it.  Preached on February 16, 2014, for the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany, at St. John's Ev....
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Feb 19, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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We can never make ourselves sorrow enough. In fact focusing on our efforts to be sorry is earthly repentance. It leaves our hearts dead. Only the Holy Spirit can ignite our hearts with godly repentance that shines out into our lives. So beware earthly repentance. Parts: A. Godly repentance ignites the heart. B. Godly repentance shines out into our lives.  Preached on February 9, 2014, for the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy at:...
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Feb 18, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Jesus pronounces blessings on his disciples as he begins his Sermon on the Mount. Yet we don't always feel happy. What kind of blessedness do we have as Jesus' disciples? Preached on February 2, 2014, for the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy at: Blessed! -- Matthew 5:1-12
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Feb 18, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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We know and believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the one and only Messiah. But does the way we treat others always match what we know? Parts: A. The Father's word invites all to Jesus regardless of their ethnicity. B. The Spirit's power reveals Jesus as the Lord's anointed.  Preached on January 19, 2014, for the Baptism of our Lord, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy available at:  Jesus of Nazareth Is the One and Only Messiah -- Acts 10:34-38
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Feb 17, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Jesus was born to redeem us. What kind of freedom does that bring us? How are we using that freedom? Parts: A. God's Son has redeemed us from under the law. B. The Son's Spirit within us calls out to our Father.  Preached on December 29, 2013, for the First Sunday after Christmas, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (NIV), Hancock, MN. Printable copy available at:  Free at Last! -- Galatians 4:4-7
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Feb 17, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Are you ready for Christmas?  Preached on December 24, 2013, for Christmas Eve, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy available at Are You Ready? -- Luke 1:13, 16, 17
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Feb 17, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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What's God's Christmas letter? To whom does he send it and why? Let's listen to the opening words of the Apostle Paul's letter to the Christians in Rome to find out what God's Christmas letter is all about. Preached on December 22, 2013, for the Fourth Sunday in Advent, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy at Cherish God's Christmas Letter -- Romans 1:1-7
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Feb 17, 2014 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Job does not fit the world's idea of Christmas preparation or the merriment of the season. But what is Christmas all about? God's Son came down as one of us to reconcile sinners to God. Since that's the real Christmas , shouldn't our Advent preparation reflect on our own relationship with our God? Job gets us to do that. Parts: A. He delights in our obedient works. B. His faithful grace is in control.  Preached on December 15, 2013, for the Third Sunday in Advent, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran...
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Dec 18, 2013 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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So much discord among Christians, but Christ unites us.  How can we get our hearts more in tune with Christ's unity? Preached on December 8, 2013, for the Second Sunday in Advent, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy at: Christ Unites Us -- Romans 15:4-13
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Dec 11, 2013 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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As we watch the water, we imitate Noah's faith. Let's think about what water to watch. Parts: A. Entrusting even the details to our Lord. B. Working faithfully in all he gives you to do.  Preached on December 1, 2013, for the First Sunday of Advent, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy at: Watch the Water -- Genesis 6:9-22
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Dec 7, 2013 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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The world knows only two paths in life. Both lead to hell. How can the Father's love welcome us?  Preached on November 27, 2013, for Thanksgiving Eve, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy at: Rejoice in the Father's Welcome -- Luke 15:11-32
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Nov 26, 2013 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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The Lamb who was slain is the Lion of Judah who reigns. What a paradox!  And just as it was for Jacob, Judah, and their descendants, so also what a paradox are the lives of each of us who follow this Lion! Preached on November 24, 2013, for The Last Sunday of End Times: Christ the King, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN.  Print copy at The Lion of Judah Reigns -- Genesis 49:8-12
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Nov 18, 2013 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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As faithful servants waiting for your Lord's return, be busy with the work he's given you to do. Pray, holding on to God's truth till the end. Parts: A. Give thanks for God's love. B. Seek the courage to do what's right. C. Plead for our Lord's word to spread.  Preached on November 17, 2013, for the Third Sunday of End Times: Saints Triumphant, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy at Pray, Holding On to God's Truth Till the End -- 2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5
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Nov 11, 2013 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Which direction are you headed in? How the Lord longs for us to be following him and not our own ways! So he calls out to us: Listen and turn before it's too late. Parts: A. How earnestly the Lord calls to you! B. How disastrous to ignore his words!  Preached on November 10, 2013, for The Second Sunday of End Times: Last Judgment, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy at Listen and Turn Before It's Too Late -- Jeremiah 26:1-6
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Nov 5, 2013 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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The law confronts us with conditions that we're powerless to measure up to.  What hope is there? None, if we have to meet any condition at all.  But the new covenant in the blood of Christ has no ifs, ands, or buts, - no conditions at all! Parts: A. How unlike the old! B. You have the Lord's word on it.  Preached on November 3, 2013, for Reformation Sunday, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy at: The New Covenant: No Ifs, Ands, or Buts -- Jeremiah 31:31-34
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Nov 3, 2013 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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How we look at death changes the way we live our lives. Like the Apostle Paul, live ready for your Lord. Parts: A. By striving in your service. B. By resting in his rescue.  Preached on October 27, 2013, for the Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy at: Live Ready for Your Lord -- 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
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Oct 28, 2013 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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The victory has been won by none other than our Brother, Jesus Christ, who shares our human nature and yet is God over all. Stand firm with him against all who claim to teach the truth but do not. For the Son of Man reigns in victory. Parts: A. Worship your Brother, who reigns in forever. B. Stand firm with your King, who reigns over all.  Preached on October 20, 2013, for the Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy at The Son of...
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Oct 22, 2013 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Those who oppose God will not escape. His holy zeal will carry out justice. But what about us? What will Judgment Day bring? Parts: A. He brings sure justice against his adversaries. B. His brings surprising justice for his people.  Preached on October 13, 2013, for the Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Hancock, MN. Print copy at The Ancient of Days Convenes His Court -- Daniel 7:9, 10
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Oct 8, 2013 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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Faith looks at trials differently than our fallen minds do. For faith turns to the Lord for endurance and wisdom. Count your trials as opportunities for your faith. Parts: A. Opportunities for your faith to be trained to endure. B. Opportunities for your faith to pray for wisdom.  Preached on September 29, 2013, for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Printable copy at: Count Your Trials as Opportunities for Your Faith - James 1:1-8
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Oct 1, 2013 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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When we count the cost, how could we ever follow Jesus? To follow him means to love him more than we love even our dearest family members.  How can we live up to that kind of commitment? We can't. It's impossible for us. Give up on yourself. For when we have given up on ourselves, our hands are empty, ready to receive all that Jesus so freely and generously gives. Preached on September 8, 2013, for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN....
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Sep 4, 2013 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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We walk in danger throughout this earthly life, but through Jesus we walk in hope as well, praising our God.  For Jesus brings us the righteousness that stands before God so that we can praise him now and forever. Why does hope praise our God? Parts: A. Because his truth reveals his justice. B. Because his light leads us to his dwelling place. Preached on August 25, 2013, for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. (Part three of a three...
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Aug 27, 2013 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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As troubles sweep us down the river of life, we call out to the Lord, our God. His love bring us hope that gives him thanks no matter what's around the next bend. Hope calls out to the Lord. Parts: A. Hope pleads: “Why do your waves crash against me?” B. Hope gives thanks, praying: “Your love, O Lord, is my song.”  Preached on August 18, 2013, for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. (Part two of a three part sermon series based...
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Aug 20, 2013 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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God can seem so far away. We thirst for him.  But the taunt 'Where is your God' drives our soul down all the more. Our hope thirsts for God. Only his word and sacraments satisfy that thirst, for they alone bring us our God. Parts: A. Enduring the taunt of others. B. Remembering the fellowship of God's people around God's word.  Preached on August 11, 2013, for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. (Part one of a three part sermon series...
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Aug 15, 2013 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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We want to be a positive influence on those around us.  So we all the more need to keep walking with Jesus so that the rotting influences of the world don't corrupt us. Keep walking with Jesus. Parts: A. Rooted in the blessings of your Baptism. B. Built up to withstand the world's deceptions.  Preached on August 4, 2013, for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy at Keep Walking with Jesus -- Colossians 2:6-15
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Aug 7, 2013 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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So much information is at our finger tips today.  But do we have any more knowledge?  When God's word fills us with true spiritual knowledge, that knowledge changes our lives. Be filled with spiritual knowledge. Parts: A. Knowledge that brings wisdom and understanding. B. Knowledge that give thanks to the Father by the way we live.  Preached on July 14, 2013, for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy at: Be Filled with Spiritual...
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Jul 24, 2013 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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How richly God has blessed our country! As we give him thanks, how can we use these blessings for his glory?:  Parts: A. How God’s blessed our native land! B. Why we pray for peace and prosperity. C. Giving to God what’s God’s.  Preached on July 7, 2013, for Independence Day, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Print copy at Independence Day Devotions
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Jul 8, 2013 Pastor Gregg Bitter
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'Why bother?!' How easily that feeling of frustration and despair can flood over us, just as it did to Elijah!  But our Lord assures us, so that our hope is confident that he reigns:  Parts: A. He governs the nations. B. He preserves his people, his Church.  Preached on June 30, 2013, for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church (WELS), Hancock, MN. Printable copy at: Our Hope Is Confident That Our Lord Reigns -- 1 Kings 19:14-18
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